Bonanza

Season 2 Episode 8

The Abduction

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Oct 29, 1960 on NBC
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Joe and Hoss take their dates to a bizarre traveling carnival and Joe's girlfriend Jennifer disappears. She's abducted by the evil owner, Phillip Reed, and held for one million dollars ransom. Reed's girlfriend Della is jealous of the attractive hostage and spills the beans to Joe. He and Hoss tear the circus apart to find her, meeting resistance from the carny folk.moreless

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  • Over-complicated for a "Bonanza" episode, the situations also put the writing and staging in a pretty bad light.

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    Joe and Hoss search a carnival for the abducted daughter of a wealthy local.



    There's never a lot to most "Bonanza" episodes and in a way this is no exception, but it strays from the series' strength and shows its age badly. A carnival has come to the Comstock, and the evil knife thrower and the owner conspire to kidnap the free spirited young lady who accompanies Little Joe to the festivities - and hold her for ransom. There's a number of twists, the long-suffering carnival woman who loses her life doing the right thing, a gigantic strong man to serve as a foil to Hoss, a cryptic fat lady who knows all, and a bearded woman who has a comedic attraction to Joe.



    At the same time, the dialog is stilted, the search is all over the map with characters ducking under about 50 canvas tent flaps and, still, there is really not a lot of sense of excitement built up by it all.



    "Bonanza" can be entertaining, this one falls flat on its face, though its interesting to watch in the context of Westerns of the time.moreless
Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker

Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

Adam Cartwright

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence

Della Thompson

Guest Star

Jackie Russell

Jackie Russell

Jennifer Beale

Guest Star

Stafford Repp

Stafford Repp

Sheriff

Guest Star

Cosmo Sardo

Cosmo Sardo

Ticket Seller (uncredited)

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Bill Clark (I)

Bill Clark (I)

Thug (uncredited)

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